SUMMER-LONG CELEBRATION OF OUR NORDIC ANCESTORS
THE Vikings are set to invade Coventry for the second time in 1,000 years.
After King Canute sacked the Saxon nunnery of St Osburg’s in 1016, the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is hosting a summer-long celebration of the lives and times of our Nordic ancestors.
A series of events, exhibitions and activities allows visitors to step back in time to discover how the Northmen lived, why they chose to settle in Britain and explore the many Norse myths and fables that have passed down through the centuries.
It starts with Fearsome Craftsmen: Discover the Artistry of the Viking World, which runs from July 1 until September 24, and features items from excavations at York, including a real skeleton and precious metal work, along with a 15ft replica carved wooden fishing boat,
Then there’s a family fun day on Friday, July 28, from 10am to 4pm, when activities include crafts, face painting, weaponry displays, dance workshops and performances by award-winning storytellers Annamation.
A Very Viking Voyage, which runs until August 28, aims to spark the imaginations of under-4s, while The Vikings Have Landed, which runs from July 29 to September 2, sees a different activity every day, from boats, fires, swords, dragons and weaving.
The entire touring exhibition is being put on by the world famous York-based Jorvik Viking Centre.
Jo Muskett, director of marketing and communications for Culture Coventry, said: “It’s all about the Vikings this summer at The Herbert.
“People have their own ideas about how Vikings lived, but, thanks to Jorvik, we will get the best possible insight into these mysterious settlers.
“We’re hoping to capture the imagination with some wonderful activities during the coming months – there is something for everyone, of all ages, to enjoy.
“We know how unpredictable the British weather can be during the summer – the Herbert is one place you can enjoy yourself, hiding from the rain, or cooling down from the sun in our beautifully air conditioned galleries!”
For more information and prices, visit www.theherbert.org